Dental Bridges in Bay City, MI
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What Are Dental Bridges?
If you think missing teeth are purely a cosmetic issue, then you should know that large gaps in the mouth can lead to other teeth shifting out of place, potentially causing further problems in the future. This may result in unnecessary tension in your bite, increased pain when you chew, or even trouble speaking. A dental bridge improves the health and appearance of your mouth by covering gaps using a false tooth that is supported by either crowns, dental implants, or both. At Robert M. Taylor III, DDS in Bay City, MI, our providers offer dental bridges with top-quality materials that will help to give you back your smile. If you have missing teeth, please schedule a consultative appointment with Dr. Robert M. Taylor III to learn about your treatment options with dental bridges.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges involve many advantages for individuals seeking to reconstruct missing teeth and renew their appearance and oral health. Dental bridges from Robert M. Taylor III, DDS in Bay City, MI could:
- Revive proper chewing and speaking proficiency
- Upgrade your smile by addressing spacing
- Hinder surviving teeth from shifting out of place
- Disperse bite forces equally to preserve your natural teeth
- Support the the muscles of the face, sustaining a youthful appearance
- Preserve the standard contour of your face
- Renew confidence and enhance total wellness
- Offer a dependable and long-lasting tooth replacement solution
- Necessitate very little maintenance
Am I a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
Generally speaking, dental bridges are considered an appropriate and effective restorative dental treatment for patients missing one or more teeth (or facing the extraction/loss of one or more teeth) due to injury, trauma, damage, decay, or another form of compromise. Candidates for dentures should have healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth in order to provide stability for the bridge attachment. The patient's overall dental and oral health should also be in good standing, free of gum disease, decay, and infection. In some cases, Dr. Taylor may recommend implant-supported bridges, which are held in place by permanent implants, vs. a traditional bridge. During your initial consultation and evaluation, Dr. Taylor will determine whether a dental bridge or another treatment option may be most suitable for you.
What to Expect from Dental Bridges
After cleaning your teeth and filing them down slightly, Dr. Taylor will take impressions and digital x-rays that will be used to design a custom bridge that fits well and looks natural. If needed, a temporary bridge may be placed to provide protection for your teeth while your custom one is crafted. As soon as your dental bridge is ready, your mouth may be prepped with a numbing agent. Stronger sedation options can be discussed to keep you comfortable if you have anxiety or trouble with a gag reflex. Your bridge will either be glued into place or connected to dental implants based on the support you and Dr. Taylor chose during your consultation. Dr. Taylor will adjust the fit of your bridge so it feels right in your mouth and remains secure in place.
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i’ve gone here sense i was little, and always have BEAUTIFUL teeth when i go back home! all of the staff are super friendly and always willing to help! they definitely go above and beyond to make sure you have sparkly teeth and a perfect smile.
Always a great experience when coming for a visit at Dr. Taylor’s! The staff is always on top of their game! Also great with small children, which is a huge plus for me!!
Been coming to this practice for 38 years! Great hygienist, great dentist, great people.
Dr. Taylor does an outstanding job! I highly recommend seeing him. My old dentist used to hurt my mouth. Night and day difference with Dr.Taylor. The several times he has numbed me I didn't feel a thing. His dental hygenist and assistants are friendly as well. I no longer dread going to the dentist.
Dr. Taylor and his team not only provide quality dental services they provide a culture of genuine Care to those they serve and the community.
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A Natural-Looking Solution for Missing Teeth
Regardless of how you feel about how your mouth looks with a missing tooth, the gap left behind can create more complex and expensive problems if it isn't addressed. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor to get more information about bridge restorations and the different options we offer to fit your unique needs. Robert M. Taylor III, DDS is pleased to offer custom dental restorations that can improve the health and appearance of your mouth. Contact our front office in Bay City, MI to make your appointment.
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Dental Bridges FAQs
Why are dental bridges necessary?
Dental bridges at Dr. Taylor's office in Bay City, MI are designed to replace missing teeth and restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. They serve as an alternative to dentures and dental implants. By filling the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth, dental bridges can help prevent other teeth from shifting, ensuring a proper bite and preserving the integrity of your facial structure.
How long do dental bridges last?
Typically, with proper care and regular dental check-ups, a dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. The lifespan largely depends on oral hygiene practices, the materials used, and individual factors like the patient's bite and habits.
What's the process of getting a dental bridge like?
During an initial visit, Dr. Taylor will assess the health of the adjacent teeth and determine if they can support a bridge. After taking impressions, a customized bridge will be crafted. Once ready, the bridge is fitted and adjusted as necessary to ensure a comfortable and precise fit.